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Nov 16, 2010 12:00 AM - Nov 18, 2010 12:00 AM

NEW LITERATURE FROM EUROPE: HAUNTING THE PRESENT

Today’s Europe is a fascinating convergence of old and new, with high speed trains roaring past thousand-year-old towns. The past and present are never far away from each other, and this year’s New Literature from Europe festival explores this proximity by presenting some of the most powerful recent works of fiction by eight of the most important contemporary European authors. In “Haunting the Present,” the festival’s seventh annual series, the overriding theme is the continued sway of history on contemporary life. Readers will witness the changes over a century in one house in Bucharest and in another house on a lake outside Berlin as its residents flee each successive regime. They will be transported from the mythical Polish village of Primeval to a small, bucolic French town shortly after World War II, and beyond.

NEW LITERATURE FROM EUROPE: HAUNTING THE PRESENT

European literature

November 16, 2010 - November 18, 2010, Free

Todays Europe is a fascinating convergence of old and new, with high speed trains roaring past thousand-year-old towns. The past and present are never far away from each other, and this years New Literature from Europe festival explores this proximity by presenting some of the most powerful recent works of fiction by eight of the most important contemporary European authors. In “Haunting the Present,” the festivals seventh annual series, the overriding theme is the continued sway of history on contemporary life. Readers will witness the changes over a century in one house in Bucharest and in another house on a lake outside Berlin as its residents flee each successive regime. They will be transported from the mythical Polish village of Primeval to a small, bucolic French town shortly after World War II, and beyond.

In this years New Literature from Europe, eight cultural institutes have teamed up to present a series of discussions and readings featuring eight critically acclaimed European writers: Philippe Claudel (France), Kirmen Uribe (Spain), Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Gerhard Roth (Austria), Radka Denemarková (Czech Republic), Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Gabriela Adameşteanu (Romania), and Antonia Arslan (Italy). The moderator will be distinguished writer André Aciman, chair of Comparative Literature and director of the Writers Institute at the CUNY Graduate Center. The festival once again offers the American public the opportunity to discover contemporary European writers who are garnering critical and public attention across the Atlantic.

Czech author Radka Denemarková has worked as a researcher, lecturer, and theatrical advisor, and has published numerous translations from German. Her latest novel, Money from Hitler received the Czech Republics prestigious Magnesia Litera award for Czech Literature in 2007. In sparkling, imaginative prose, Radka Denemarková depicts a world of absurdity and darkness. Money from Hitler is now being made into a feature film. Featured novel: Money from Hitler.

Partner institutions: Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Goethe-Institut New York, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Instituto Cervantes New York, The Czech Center New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Romanian Cultural Institute, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York

Within the framework of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture)

Venues: the Center for Fiction, McNally-Jackson Books, The Czech Center New York, The Graduate Center CUNY

Partners: Words without Borders, The Brooklyn Rail

Visit new website www.newlitfromeurope.com !!!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tue. Nov 16th, 7pm

Haunting the Present—A Reading with Eight European Writers

McNally-Jackson Books | 52 Prince St. (b/t Lafayette & Mulberry)| New York, t.: 212.274.1160

Readings in English featuring all 8 authors at one of New Yorks leading independent bookstores.

Wed. Nov. 17th, 3 to 5pm

Translating a Past that Haunts the Present

With Jenny Erpenbeck and Philippe Claudel

Acclaimed authors Jenny Erpenbeck and Philippe Claudel join their American translators, Susan Bernofsky and John Cullen, to discuss the delicate art of incorporating the fraught history of Germany and France during WWII into their fiction and then getting this fictionalized history translated into English. Audience members will be invited to try their hands at selected translation problems as well. Moderated by Susan Bernofsky, MFA Program in Writing and Translation, Queens College.

CUNY Grad Center, 365 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10016-4309 (Room- 9100)

t.: 212-817-2005

Wed. Nov. 17th

Haunting the Present—A Conversation with the Authors

The Center for Fiction welcomes all eight New Literature from Europe authors for a conversation with distinguished writer and professor André Aciman. The mission of The Center for Fiction is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment.

—6:30pm Radka Denemarková, Jenny Erpenbeck, Olga Tokarczuk, Kirmen Uribe

—7:45pm Gabriela Adamesteanu , Antonia Arslan, Philippe Claudel, Gerhard Roth

The Center for Fiction | 17 East 47th Street | New York, NY 10017

T 212.755.6710 | F 212.826.0831 | info@centerforfiction.org

Please RSVP at events@centerforfiction.org, or by calling 212-755-6710

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. With all its resources, including an ever-growing array of public programs, its services to emerging writers, an exceptional book collection, a beautiful reading room, an expanding website, the Center seeks to serve the reading public, support writers, build a larger audience for fiction, and create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature.

Thur. Nov. 18th, 7pm

Eight European Voices—Reading and Reception

The Czech Center New York| 321 East, 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021

Readings in English and in the original featuring all 8 authors, followed by a reception.

All events are free and open to the public.

ABOUT AUTHORS:

Gabriela Adameşteanu is one of Romanias outstanding writers and political journalists. Her novel Wasted Morning was a landmark of dissident writing during the communist years. She is the recipient of numerous awards in Romania and internationally, including a 2002 Hellman Hammett Grant from the Human Rights Watch and the Romanian Writers Unions 1984 Annual Prize. Featured novel: Wasted Morning.

Antonia Arslan is an Italian writer and a professor of modern and contemporary literature at the University of Padova. Her writing centers around the Armenian genocide and the survivors who live in Italy. Featured novel: La Strada di Smirne [The Road to Smyrna].

Philippe Claudel is the celebrated author of By a slow river (Les Ames Grises), which won the Renaudot prize in France and has been translated into 23 languages, and Brodeck, which won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010 and the 2010 French American Translation Prize for John Cullens translation. He is also the writer and director of the movie Ive Loved You So Long starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Featured novel: Brodeck.

Radka Denemarková has worked as a researcher, lecturer, and theatrical advisor, and has published numerous translations from German. Her latest novel, Money from Hitler received the Czech Republics prestigious Magnesia Litera award for Czech Literature in 2007. In sparkling, imaginative prose, Radka Denemarková depicts a world of absurdity and darkness. Money from Hitler is now being made into a feature film. Featured novel: Money from Hitler.

Jenny Erpenbeck is the author of stories, novels and plays, which have been translated worldwide, and her literary honors include the Ingeborg Bachmann Jury Prize, and the Heimito von Doderer Prize. She has worked on opera and musical productions since 1991. Featured novel: Visitation.

Gerhard Roths first novel was published in 1972 and hes gone onto write 14 more novels along with plays, a childrens book, and several books of essays. The destructive forces of National Socialism and Austrias relationship with its past and its present constitute the central theme of one of his latest book translated in English, The Story of Darkness. Featured novel: The Story of Darkness.

Olga Tokarczuk is one of Polands most accomplished contemporary novelists. Her work is widely translated in Europe, and her novel, Runners, won the 2008 Nike Prize for Best Book. Featured novel: Primeval and Other Times.

Kirmen Uribe is considered one of the most outstanding renovators of present literature, delving into the waters of autofiction with a rich style that is complex and evocative. His novel, Bilbao-New York-Bilbao, has received Spains National Prize of Literature 2009, the Critics Prize 2008 in Basque language, the Ramón Rubial Foundation Prize and the Booksellers Guild of Euskadi Prize. Featured novel: Bilbao-New York-Bilbao.

Moderator André Aciman is the author of fiction, essays, and a memoir, and is the Chair of Comparative Literature and Director of the Writers Institute at the CUNY Graduate Center. His most recent novel is Eight White Nights.

Moderator Susan Bernofsky is an expert on German literature and culture as well as on the theory and practice of literary translation. She is a Guest Professor of Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College (CUNY)

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

From: Nov 16, 2010 12:00 AM
To: Nov 18, 2010 12:00 AM

Organizer:

České centrum


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